Today marks a year since the day many Royal Watchers have been patiently (or impatiently) waiting for.
Prince Harry and then actress and activist Meghan Markle had began their relationship in early July 2016 after being set up on a blind date by a still unconfirmed and unknown mutual friend. Both had been quietly dating for six months before the media started catching on the secret romance. Although the British media had been cruel ever since their romance was announced, prompting even Prince Harry and the KP palace communications secretary to release a statement calling all them out, the public have been positively enchanted and infatuated with the couple and I was part of that wide majority.
I personally called their inevitable engagement ever since November 8, 2016 when Prince Harry made that press release ultimately confirming their relationship. It was widely publicized as an unprecedented move from the palace as they have an old-fashioned “never complain, never explain” tradition when it comes to unfair, discriminatory, defamatory stories painted about the royals, much less a royal girlfriend. But when you know the love is real, you can’t stop yourself from fighting for your girl no matter who you are. That day I saw Harry as a changing man. That is what a man looks like. And that is how a man loves!
And who could have blamed him? Meghan is one gorgeous mamazita and she has a personality that I feel drives Harry so crazy! I mean he is the same man who only THREE weeks of dating called Meghan up and convinced her to fly across the globe to Botswana, Africa for a whole week(which is said to be his sanctuary). You can’t tell me with all the sightseeing and getting-to-know-each-other that Botswana wasn’t the place they decided to seal the deal and make it ROYALLY official? It is not farfetched to think what passion it’s like behind closed doors with those two. Whew! I can see it now. The way they behave in public being ole’ passionate and loving can only be a fraction of how they could be without the glare of the media. No wonder they’re out here making babies. But I’ll spare you my fantasies.
Over a period of a year since the relationship was announced, many were awaiting an engagement announcement with royal reporters making silly theories of secret proposals that were exchanged. And honestly, I fell for each one of them!
There were a few indications of an imminent engagement in the works in 2017. With reports of Meghan meeting Harry’s immediate family and friends in January, secret rendezvous every second week in a transatlantic relationship, Meghan reportedly being introduced to Prince Charles only a few months into dating, more trips to Africa in August for Meghan’s birthday month, Harry meeting Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, the Vanity Fair article in which Meghan featured in professing her love and hinting an engagement herself, and who could forget when Meghan and Harry made their relationship PDA official at the Invictus Games in Toronto where she was working on Suits. But probably the biggest sign of all was when it was reported in October 2017 that Harry introduced Meghan to his grandmother THE QUEEN!
At that time, I already had my bunting, royal tea, cups and banners ready for a royal wedding celebration!
But November 27 was the day the world got the confirmation it was waiting for after a weekend of heavy speculation. With an announcement fit for a 21st century modern couple, a press release on the Kensington Palace Twitter and Instagram accounts and a photocall hours later with even an engagement interview later that evening. Gosh. We were so spoiled that day.
They revealed Harry proposed over cooking roast chicken. Ahh. The old chicken roast proposal. My husband proposed to me over something similar although we were eating fish at a restaurant near the beach and I didn’t react well to the fish, long story short, nine months later we knew the reason why.
I was glued to my screen the whole time the interview was happening and I didn’t even care what Harry said because I was just mesmerized at Meghan’s impeccable beauty! What a vision that woman is! But you could see the love radiating from the both of them. You knew it was real when Harry shivered at the thought of being Meghan’s husband, or when every second or two they always turned to each other when professing their love for each other. Ugh! The feels of it all!
Their entire romance looks like a modern fairytale! Even six months after their engagement announcement when they got married to an estimated 2 billion people, you could tell they were no ordinary royal couple. They were going to be the royal couple the royal family needs to survive. A modern royal couple.
Now fast forward 12 months later, the couple are happily married, undertook a crazy amount of engagements in their first six months, had a widely successful royal tour and are expecting their first baby (or possible babies *hint hint*).
Nothing is stopping these two.